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LeBron welcomes Kevin Love to ‘The Land’ (PHOTO)

Aug 23, 2014, 7:15 PM EDT

Now that the long-expected Kevin Love trade from the Timberwolves to the Cavaliers has become official, the teams involved can issue press releases, and the players themselves can begin to rejoice.

LeBron James fell into the latter category on Saturday, and took to Instagram to welcome his new teammate to what he calls “The Land.”

The “going home” narrative is nice and all, but if the Cavaliers were about to field a roster that more closely resembled that of the Sixers than one immediately able to contend for a title, don’t think for a moment that LeBron wouldn’t have delayed his return to Cleveland until a team more ready to win was already assembled.

One note of minor interest here, which is that LeBron has Shawn Marion (who has also agreed to come to Cleveland) rocking the number zero on his Cavs jersey, which is what he’s been wearing in Dallas for the last five seasons.

That won’t be happening with the Cavaliers, however, as Kevin Love has claimed that jersey number for himself.

  1. balsagna - Aug 23, 2014 at 7:23 PM

    It’s going to be wonderful watching a dynasty in Cleveland, Ohio. I can’t wait to bathe in the tears of all these entitled NBA fan bases.

    • antistratfordian - Aug 23, 2014 at 7:54 PM

      Lakers fans are already salty about the trade not being blocked.

      But this is definitely dynasty material – knock on wood – and Cleveland fans probably deserve it more than most.

    • clevelandrox - Aug 23, 2014 at 8:08 PM

      even sweeter after the last four years…

    • sportsfan18 - Aug 23, 2014 at 8:08 PM

      tears? you mean gobs of sweat from the fatties

      I’ve been up to the mistake by the Lake and they aren’t pretty ya’ll…

      In the WHOLE nation, the Cleveland, OH metro area is the 9th heaviest… 40.9% are overweight.

      another 26.1% are OBESE.

      total overweight or obese is a whopping 67% or 2 out of EVERY 3 people you see or bounce off of up there…

      there are many metro areas in the south, like in Arkansas with a higher percentage of people with a healthy weight than in Cleveland…

      guess its too cold to get out and exercise up in Coldland…

      • clevelandrox - Aug 23, 2014 at 8:20 PM

        LOL, how cool you must be, with your vast knowledge of obesity statistics and all…

      • sportsfan18 - Aug 23, 2014 at 8:31 PM

        wow, I’m flattered you think I have that knowledge…

        guess you haven’t heard of google yet… amazing thing, can find info in seconds, which I found easily…

        the following website is nice, scroll down a bit and you’ll find the chart…

        they have those nice little arrows you may click to sort them in ascending or descending order and that’s how I found out Cleveland was the 9th most overweight metro area in the nation…

      • clevelandrox - Aug 23, 2014 at 9:41 PM

        LOL, yeah ok, wait till i go look…

      • bkbell3 - Aug 23, 2014 at 11:38 PM

        Sportsfan, you seem to be in love with the sound of your voice. Every day you come on hear and prattle,pontificate and just babble on and on. You use 100 words when 20 will do. You are quite possibly 10 of the most boring people on the planet.Stop attacking people and stop with the endless stats and the advanced stats. They are a tool and almost are flawed in some way.smh. Your so lost you don’t get that clevelandrox was mocking you. All of us know you don’t know squat without googling it then regurgitating it. Get over yourself.

      • Hard On For Harden - Aug 24, 2014 at 10:10 AM

        ^this times a million

        If you have to google a bunch of stats and take more than a minute to compose a post in some sports blog, you should probably find a new hobby.

      • sportsfan18 - Aug 24, 2014 at 1:25 PM


        you used 102 words to say I use 100 words…

        guess you couldn’t simply say it in 20 words…

      • sportsfan18 - Aug 24, 2014 at 1:27 PM

        @ hard on

        if you can’t say something correct on this blog… then maybe you should google the info before spewing things that are false

        folks are wrong on here so much and they never own up to their mistakes… can’t say they were wrong…

        I’ve made many mistakes and have gotten on here and admitted to it.

      • Hard On For Harden - Aug 24, 2014 at 1:55 PM

        Please feel free to point out where I’ve presented something as a fact that wasn’t. You can disagree with my opinion obviously, but I don’t run with something without knowing its legit.

  2. seasickcecil - Aug 23, 2014 at 7:36 PM

    I find I’m so excited, I can barely sit still or hold a thought in my head.

  3. ProBasketballPundit - Aug 23, 2014 at 7:55 PM

    Love is wearing #0 for the Cavs? Is it just me or does Love-0 sound like a really crappy tennis match?

    • sportsfan18 - Aug 23, 2014 at 8:10 PM

      It isn’t so crappy when you have the score of 40…

  4. campcouch - Aug 23, 2014 at 7:56 PM

    It’s like James cut the cheese and everyone else is stunned.

  5. thundercocck - Aug 23, 2014 at 8:09 PM

    They are going to be fun to watch on offense. But can they stop the other team from scoring?

    • takemytalentstosoutheuclid - Aug 23, 2014 at 9:51 PM

      Lebron is arguably one of the top7 or 8 defenders in the league. Bringing in Marion is a huge boost to the D, and Varejao is above average. The Cavs were middle of the pack last year defensively, and arguably got better with LBJ and Marion being added… We’ll see.

      • fanofthegame79 - Aug 23, 2014 at 10:49 PM

        I love the Marion addition. His defense and experience will be huge.

  6. ans2034 - Aug 24, 2014 at 12:59 AM

    pfft, please. I hope he’s reference to ‘the land’ is not to “the promise land”. That land is far from it. There’s alot of work to be done and no promises…one game at a time.

  7. Bob Loblaw - Aug 24, 2014 at 2:23 PM

    Who is the real coach and GM of this team? Anybody who does not say LeBron simply drinks the King’s Kool Aid or is a complete idiot.

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